About the Lab

The Writers Lab is presented by Co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, and New York Women in Film & Television. The Lab is a four-day writers workshop that gives women (cis, trans, and nonbinary) screenwriters over the age of 40 the opportunity to work intensively on their features and pilots with the support of established film professionals. Mentors and Writers engage in a rigorous process of intensive script development through one-on-one meetings, panel discussions, peer workshops, and at group meals. Interactions are designed to inspire the artists; to prompt creative exploration; and, through revision, to cultivate first-rate cinematic stories.

Mission and Values

We feel it is critical to nurture the voices of women in their prime whose stories have not been told. We look forward to a new landscape where the female narrative is in equal proportion to the male narrative, and where shared stories strengthen our ties to one another and empower younger generations.

We are committed to storytellers who identify as women, yet we do not limit our search to stories about women. The Writers Lab seeks well crafted scripts, in all genres, exploring universal themes, using a full range of cinematic tools.

Mentors

Past Writers Lab mentors include Jessica Bendinger (Bring It OnAquamarine), Susan Cartsonis (Carrie Pilby, The Duff), Rachel Cohen (Stranger Weather, House of Z), Lisa Cortes (Precious), Amy Fox (Equity), Pamela Gray (A Walk on the Moon, Music of the Heart), Caroline Kaplan (Time Out of MindPersonal Velocity), Meg LeFauve (Inside OutThe Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), Darnell Martin (Cadillac Records, I Like It Like That), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Secret Life of BeesBeyond the Lights), Mary Jane Skalski (Win WinThe Station Agent), Kirsten Smith (Legally BlondeTen Things I Hate About You), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, The Notorious Bettie Page), Pat Verducci (Disney/Pixar), Ligiah Villalobos (Under the Same Moon, Firelight).